Canning & Preserving

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The library has a wide variety of books that can teach you how to preserve or ferment all kinds of food in your home. Check out one of these titles to get you started:

Canning & Preserving: 80+ Simple, Small-Batch Recipes by Good Housekeeping – This beginner’s guide from “America’s most trusted test kitchen” teaches you all the basic techniques from preparing mason jars to forming airtight seals for safe fermentation.

Fermented by Charlotte Pike – A beginner’s guide that will help you incorporate fermented foods into your day-to-day eating through making your own sourdough, yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and more.

Preserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan – This guide to canning, jarring and making preserves is aimed at urban dwellers and farmer’s market shoppers interested in working with smaller-than-traditional amounts of produce and features 100 recipes.

Preservation Pantry by Sarah Marshall – Includes 100+ recipes for whole-food canning and preserving organic produce that helps fight food waste by transforming roots, tops, peels, seeds, skins, stems, and cores into beautiful, delicious dishes. Continue reading

Falsely Accused

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Discover a new mystery to unravel by checking out one of these whodunits with main characters who are falsely accused of murder. If they didn’t do it, who did?

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little – After being released from prison on a technicality, Janie Jenkins tracks down the one lead she has on her mother’s real killer and is startled by what she uncovers about her mother’s past in a small South Dakota town.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult – Unable to express himself socially but possessing a savant-like knack for investigating crimes, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome is wrongly accused of killing his tutor when the police mistake his tics for guilty behavior.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.

The Black Book by James Patterson & David Ellis – A devoted Chicago cop from a family of career detectives miraculously survives an attack that kills his partner but that he cannot remember, an event that causes him to be charged with double murder. Continue reading

Cyber Suspense

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If you’re looking for an exciting read set in a digital landscape, try one of these technothrillers available from the JMRL catalog:

Copycat by Alex Lake – Sarah Havenant discovers a second Facebook profile in her name with photos of her friends, her husband, her kids, even photos taken inside her house. Whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it, and now that she has, her life will no longer be her own.

After On by Rob Reid – When a group of Silicon Valley engineers builds Phluttr, a social network with an erratic personality that has stored innumerable facts and messages, they must influence and control her before she does irreversible harm.

Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather – As the cyber world comes crashing down, an increasingly bizarre string of disasters occur around the world and, in an instant, New York is cut off from the world, becoming a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

Warcross by Marie Lu – A teen hacker and competitive bounty hunter who tracks down rule breakers of a wildly popular alternate-reality game accidentally glitches herself into a championship tournament, where she becomes an overnight sensation before being recruited as a spy for the game’s billionaire developer.

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig – Five iconoclastic hackers are recruited against their will to serve the U.S. government by working as cyberspies before discovering an NSA artificial intelligence program that is rapidly growing out of control.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson – In 21st-century America, a teenaged computer hacker finds himself fighting a computer virus that battles virtual reality technology and a deadly drug that turns humans into zombies.

Predator by Terri Blackstock – Determined to catch her teenage sister’s murderer and bring him to justice, Krista Carmichael puts her own life on the line to bait the killer, a predator who stalks the online social network GrapeVyne.

Nexus by Ramez Naam – Kade Lane is a young scientist of the future who has found a way to make an experimental drug that allows humans to connect minds, to be introduced with apps that can expand human capabilities, as police, government forces, and criminals all vie with each other to gain control of the drug.